Certificate of Responsibility on Food Safety
YB Dr. Jerip Anak Susil, Assistant Minister of Local Government & Community Development (Public Health) presented the Certificate of Makanan Selamat Tanggungjawab Industri (MeSTI), or the “Food Safety is the Industry’s Responsibility” to 32 food manufacturers, including SMA member manufacturers on 11 April 2013.
MeSTI is a food safety program by the Ministry of Health with the objective to put in place a system for the maintenance of food hygiene and process control which includes food safety assurance and food traceability. Through this program, MeSTI certification logo is introduced as food safety compliance and being a safety standard for micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia to be a major producer and exporter of food products by facilitating food safety and quality compliance.
Targeted coaching and assistance to food manufacturing establishments to meet hygiene and safety requirements will be provided under this programme. The programme will also allow the use of the MeSTI certification logo by food production establishments that are in compliance.
The use of the MeSTI logo is intended to act as a strong branding tool to assure consumers of the products' compliance with the required food safety and hygiene standards. It will also act to enhance the visibility and marketability of the products.
There will be linkages to other certification and assistance programmes such as the Ministry of Agriculture's Skim Amalan Ladang Baik (SALM), Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority's (FAMA) 1Malaysia Best, Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia's (JAKIM) halal certification and SME Corporation's SME Competitive Rating for Enhancement (SCORE).
There will also be linkages to food safety certification bodies accredited by the Department of Standards Malaysia such as the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), cutting across the food value chain.
All food manufacturing establishments that are not GMP or HACCP-compliant are encouraged to seek MeSTI's certification by contacting the Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health (MOH) .
Bahagian Keselamatan dan Kualiti Makanan
Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia Aras 3,
Blok E7, Parcel E, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan,
62590 WP Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Tel: +603-8883 3558
Faks: +603-8889 3815 / 3341
Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri Sarawak
Jalan Diplomatik, Off Jalan Bako,
Fax: 082 - 443031